Everglades National Park

There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they always have been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them

—Marjory Stoneman Douglas


The largest tract of wilderness east of the Rocky Mountains is located in south Florida within Everglades National Park. Simply put, it protects more subtropical land and water than anywhere else in the United States, but such a basic description doesn't offer justice to the poignant significance it offers our nation.

From a biological perspective, it is home to some of the most rare and endangered species in the U.S.: the West Indian manatee, the American crocodile, and more than a dozen others. It is one of the most significant corridors and stopovers for migrating species. And it is home to the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western hemisphere.

But from a human perspective, this place offers educational, recreational, and inspirational opportunities found nowhere else in the world. NPCA encourages you to visit this place and experience the Everglades in the way that best suits you—whether on a multi-day backcountry trek through the Wilderness Waterway or a casual visit to the park’s many rich wildlife viewing sites. Regardless, we invite you to learn more about this unique American resource, and the threats that face it, so that this "river of grass" flows strong for generations.

—Jeff Bransford, NPCA

NPCA at Work in the Parks

NPCA is working to protect and restore the vast, wild areas of the Everglades by being a leading voice in restoration projects such as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) authorized by Congress in 2000. NPCA's Sun Coast Regional Office is actively engaged in six key projects to help restore Everglades National Park and fund those restoration projects throughout the region. NPCA’s Sun Coast Region also works on outreach, funding, and conservation projects to protect Florida Bay, an estuary on the southern tip of the park that serves as a marine wilderness and a haven for diverse wildlife.

If You Go

Birds are one of the park's key attractions, and with 366 species to observe, including the stunning roseate spoonbill. Other attractions include boating, snorkeling, camping, and hiking.

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Capturing the Essence of the Everglades

Wild sunflowers blooming at Corkscrew Swamp. Photo © Mac Stone.Gainesville native Mac Stone discovered his gift for photography and his love of nature at an early age. In the years since, he’s carried his camera throughout Florida, scheming creative ways to capture wild landscapes and curious creatures in their natural habitats, sometimes putting weeks of planning into the execution of a single image. (For […]

Transmission Lines in Everglades National Park? No Thanks!

A rendering of how the power lines would have looked in Everglades National Park.Imagine Everglades National Park, and what comes to mind? For many people—even those who have never set foot in the park—the mere mention of its name is synonymous with breathtaking, unspoiled waters. The park is part of one of the largest wetlands in the world, supporting a complex series of ecosystems, including cypress swamps, mangrove […]

Ticket to Ride: Free Trolley Service Expands Access to Everglades and Biscayne This Winter

Homestead-TrolleyThirty miles south of Miami, the community of Homestead, Florida, sits in a lucky spot. Equidistant from two major national parks, with Everglades National Park about ten miles to the west and Biscayne National Park about ten miles to the east, residents and visitors are perfectly situated to enjoy some of the most beautiful lands, […]
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Threats

Like the "rivers of grass" that dominate the Everglades landscape, hurricanes are a recurring and natural part of the ecosystem in South Florida. Recently, hurricanes Katrina and Wilma devastated the area known as Flamingo in Everglades National Park. All existing structures, including the visitor center, lodge, restaurant, and cabins, were severely damaged or destroyed. NPCA is working to ensure that the redevelopment will enhance the visitor experience, include "green" technologies, and restore the natural habitats of America's Everglades.

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October 19, 2014

wonderful creativity made here in thy everglades happy camper as well as enjoyment of thyself anaconda roam the trees and alligators fly south for the winter

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